Speaking Clearly

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Speaking Clearly
Text: Acts 4:1-15
Occasion: General
Audience: General
Theological Tradition: General
Topic: Evangelism
Author: Brian M


Direction

Our lives attract people to hear about God. That is our first witness

How to Get There

  • We can tell somebody something a dozen times, but if it's really foreign to their lives it doesn't sink in and they don't want to hear about it.
  • It's only when they experience it for themselves that they really understand it. Once they've experienced something awesome, then they'll want it explained.
  • And we want to know that people have experienced before they will listen to us.
  • It takes them knowing it's important and that we have experience on it too.
  • With witnessing we have forgotten that. We try to talk to people we don't know about stuff that they have never experienced or seen us live. And we've become afraid of witnessing like that.
  • The book of Acts shows us another way.
  • Peter and John went to the temple, not looking to evangelize. But they saw a man in need and gave him what they had.
  • As soon as people saw that, they started crowding around the disciples.
  • Eventually, they were arrested. They weren't arrested for their words, but their actions. And those actions provided them a time when they could speak and people would listen. Once they had shown they had something special, everyone wanted to have the disciples explain it to them, even if they didn't like what they heard.
  • Verse 16 shows that it is the disciple's actions that the leaders were worried about, because it made people want to hear more.
  • This is witnessing. The disciples didn't try and force their story on anyone. Instead, they lived like changed followers of God, and that drew people to want to know more.
  • Our actions must match our words or no one will care. It's easy to talk about God without living in a way that people see a difference and want to hear what we have to say.
  • Jesus has promised that when we need words about him, we'll get them. But that shouldn't be our focus.
  • We can be untrained “idiots” and if our lives are right, people will seek us out, and God will give us the words to say.

Things to Watch For

The leaders called the disciples idiots, unlearned people. But that didn't stop the disciples. There is a purposeful difference being made by the Jewish leaders and by the author between the learning of the leaders and the lack of knowledge of the disciples. Yet the disciples actions brought in results, and the leaders with all their knowledge couldn't refute the words God gave the disciples. This is a purposeful irony reinforced by the author.

Other Ideas that use this Topic:

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How Not to Hook Someone UpA man tries to get a stranger to marry a women, using the worst methods possible, but all ways that we use to try and get people to build a relationship with God.Dramas
Puppets:Fishers of MenA puppet learns that fishing for men is about living so that people can see us.Dramas



This Message is part 2 of A Faith's Beginnings message series.